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Jonathan Coulton — Now I Am an Arsonist (w/ Suzanne Vega)
Album: Artificial Heart
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Released: 2011
Length: 2:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I was just an acrobat
High above the street
Pointing at the ground, the empty sky beneath my feet
The perfect fall
No one could tell at all
That it was killing me

You were just an astronaut
Floating on a spark
Tearing up the atmosphere, burning down the dark as you fell in
The heat against your skin
Till it got too bright to see

Far away
I hear the things they say about me
Even though
They know you had to go without me

Now you are an architect
Setting up the sea
Everyone is with you and you're all waiting for me
You check the net
But you haven't caught me yet
They're not quite done with me

Now I am an arsonist
Seven miles high
Burning through the air I breathe, thunder in the sky
My engine sings
As it melts this pair of wings
That only I can see

Touch the sun
My eyes wide open, unbelieving
Catch a breath
The only one who's left is leaving

Now I am an arsonist
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reminds me of Adrian Belew's "Fly"

I know I should feel welcome here
Way up in the atmosphere
But I am afraid
And if I land on earth again
I'll be happy just to cut my face
While I shaveNow the sky is floating by
But I am not a cloud
And I've decided
I was not designed to flyAfter all, I'm only sand
To irritate the oyster and
To wait for a pearl
And even though I must concede
Greatness has eluded me
I'd still miss the worldAnd I would have regrets
Were I to pirouette inside a metal jet
And I am not prepared
To sprout a pair of wings and fly
Code monkey like Fritos (and this song).
Love how suzanne Vega's voice works with his - great song
haunting, sweet and thought-provoking all at once. nicely done!
 Webfoot wrote:

Extra points for including "architect".



 
x4
I've been watching the wildfires at Ft. McMurray, Alberta, with the whole town being evacuated and surrounding communities starting to pack up.  Then I turned to RP and this is the song playing.   Talk about coincidence!
Brother in arms join forces, and fox out all the arsonists.
  It turns out to be a joke and they became comrades.
  ziggytrix wrote:
I saw this guy open for TMBG a few years back, he seemed more like fun novelty act with songs like "Re: Your Brains" and the delightful end music to the video game Portal.

Hearing this song, I thought this was just a Suzanne Vega song, but when I look it up, holy cow, this is that guy? Nice one, JoCo.  Nice one.

  
aaronm wrote:

Fun fact: Coulton actually wrote "Still Alive" from Portal.

 
My beloved often sings to me - "I used to want you dead, now I only want you gone".  We all love Portal.
 ziggytrix wrote:
I saw this guy open for TMBG a few years back, he seemed more like fun novelty act with songs like "Re: Your Brains" and the delightful end music to the video game Portal.

Hearing this song, I thought this was just a Suzanne Vega song, but when I look it up, holy cow, this is that guy? Nice one, JoCo.  Nice one.

 
Fun fact: Coulton actually wrote "Still Alive" from Portal.
I saw this guy open for TMBG a few years back, he seemed more like fun novelty act with songs like "Re: Your Brains" and the delightful end music to the video game Portal.

Hearing this song, I thought this was just a Suzanne Vega song, but when I look it up, holy cow, this is that guy? Nice one, JoCo.  Nice one.
 JDoonan wrote:
 

x2

 
x3
 Webfoot wrote:

Extra points for including "architect". 


x2
Stunning.  Making my day.
When are we going to hear "Skullcrusher Mountain"?
I first heard Jonathan Coulton on a new NPR show, "Ask Me Another," on which he's the music, and was impressed by his talent. Great act, methinks!

Extra points for including "architect".


I rarely comment...but I must today cuz I like this song.
Here is my favorite Jonathan Coulton video. Ok, actually it is the only video of him I've seen. It just happened to be him.

   https://www.wimp.com/frontdoor/

MONKEY!!
YUCK !
I wonder if either of them has oddly shaped feet.
Nicely challenging lyrics.  Are these people escaping their social metaphysics?  I hope so.  It would be sad if they are burning out because they are NOT Zarathustra. 
Their voices are great together.  I'm a huge JoCo fan, this is one of his best. 
I've been a fan of both Coulton and Vega since their first albums. Having them together blows me away everytime I hear it.
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Ha! Bill just said, "google it up."  My grandson, 5 years old, said that the other day. "I'm right. Google it up on your phone; you'll see I'm right!"  So now we say "google it up."  Bill has joined the crowd.

 
And you will find searching by duckduckgo.com and their quack feature for mobile even more efficient and private (no tracking). Enjoy! :)
Nice quality, interesting background, thank you for the lead Bill. Sad to learn the producers of such a popular and high quality show as Glee would feel a need and resort to such theft. Anyway, Radio Paradise's and credit should be a big consolation.
BILL!  You played some Coulton!  I thought you couldn't surprise me anymore!  {#Clap}
Ha! Bill just said, "google it up."  My grandson, 5 years old, said that the other day. "I'm right. Google it up on your phone; you'll see I'm right!"  So now we say "google it up."  Bill has joined the crowd.
I googled Jonathan Coulton/Glee as recommended. What a class act. 
 ghoffman wrote:
Nice!  I'll open with a 6.
 

I'll see your 6 and raise you. 7
Always love Suzanne Vega; I think that's the first time I've heard Jonathan Coulton- looking forward to hearing more!
This might hit me at another more appropriate moment.....
This grows on me. I like it more every time I hear it.
8 on first hearing. 
That's what I get for coming in in the middle. Listening to what sounded like a Suzanna Vega song I haven't heard before, and suddenly I'm pulled away from the work I'm focusing on by what is clearly JoCo's voice. Well played, sir, well played.
Yay JoCo!  About time we had some on rotation!
Nice!  I'll open with a 6.